Schwinn Varsity Guide and History

When I was a kid in the 80s, the Schwinn Varsity was the most popular 10 speed bike around.  And that’s what we always called road bikes, 10 speeds.  It was one of the best-selling models for Schwinn and has a long history.  It was never a top-of-the-line bike, but it was affordable, durable, andContinue reading “Schwinn Varsity Guide and History”

Beginners guide to faster bike riding on a budget

Here are some great tips for faster cycling: Ride in a more aero position  Try to ride in a lower and more aero position, aerodynamics greatly effects your speed.  This will be easier with a drop bar bike, but you should be able to do it with any bike.  Don’t go so low that yourContinue reading “Beginners guide to faster bike riding on a budget”

Best bikes for a bad back

If you suffer from back pain, you might still be able to enjoy cycling.  If your current bike makes your back sore, you can make adjustments to the fit.  There are also different types of bikes that are easier on the back.  Unless you have a specific injury that damaged your back, you could alsoContinue reading “Best bikes for a bad back”

Ride Concepts Livewire Flat Pedal Mountain Bike Shoes Review

I’ve really been enjoying riding with my Ride Concepts Livewire flat pedal mountain bike shoes.  Initially I thought I was gonna clip in, but then decided to go the flat pedal route.  I’m not that confident anymore I can clip out fast enough mountain biking.  I think they look good, check them out: Features RubberContinue reading “Ride Concepts Livewire Flat Pedal Mountain Bike Shoes Review”

Shimano Road Derailleur Ranking Hierarchy Old and New Tiers

Shimano has been making road bike derailleurs for a very long time now, so long that there is some confusion about the hierarchy of their vintage components.  I’m going to try to cover all the old derailleurs I know of and give them a tier ranking of entry level, mid-level, or upper level.  I’ll beContinue reading “Shimano Road Derailleur Ranking Hierarchy Old and New Tiers”

Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Review

I installed Tektro CR720 brakes on my Surly Cross Check build and they work quite well.  They are considered cyclocross brakes by Tektro, and you can see why looking at them: They have very strong braking, probably from the all the leverage from being so wide.  They are also easy to clean as you haveContinue reading “Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Review”

Filoto Cycling Belt Bike Bag Review

My Filoto cycling belt is my most used bike bag.  It’s not for carrying a ton of gear, but it’s great for carrying a phone, wallet, keys…  Most my rides I just bring my phone with so I can call for a ride if things go bad.  When I need to carry more emergency gear,Continue reading “Filoto Cycling Belt Bike Bag Review”

Lightest Road Bike Tires List

I have taken a look at all the bike tire manufacturers and put together this list of weights sorted by size and whether they are tubed or tubeless.  I have also given the lightest weight winner and runner up for each category.  If you want lightweight tires, this list is for you.  Tubed Tires 23mmContinue reading “Lightest Road Bike Tires List”

1961 Schwinn Speedster Red

Here is a vintage Schwinn Speedster, a nice middleweight bike with a steel cantilever frame.  A super comfortable old cruiser bike.  This one has the 2-speed kickback rear hub and steel wheels. Original saddle would have been red/white and the original fenders painted red/white.  Here is the catalog image for 1961: This bike still ridesContinue reading “1961 Schwinn Speedster Red”